The Fortress of Salses: A Historical Treasure in the Heart of the Eastern Pyrenees

Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of the fortress of Salses-le-Château, a true architectural marvel nestled in the Eastern Pyrenees. With its massive construction and strategic position, this fortress has withstood centuries and Spanish invasions, providing a fascinating glimpse into the military architecture of the time. Discover the secrets of this impregnable fortress and explore its captivating corners.

Article dated 07.04.2023

Built in the 15th century, during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, the fortress of Salses was erected to repel Spanish invasions. Bearing witness to the tumultuous period of history, it was the scene of battles and sieges that left their mark on the region. Today, it stands as a silent witness to past events and an open window to the past.

When you pass through the imposing gates of the fortress, you will be instantly captivated by its remarkable architecture. The deep moats, imposing ramparts, and well-preserved casemates will transport you to the past. The late Gothic and Renaissance details adorning the castle will remind you of the architectural ingenuity of the time. Stroll along the bastions and guard rooms, and admire the panoramic views of the surroundings.

The fortress of Salses has experienced a turbulent history, changing hands several times. It was captured by French troops in 1642, thus becoming a French military garrison. The events that unfolded within its walls have shaped the destiny of the region and left an indelible mark in the history books.

Thanks to its classification as a historical monument in 1886, the fortress has been preserved and restored over the years. Considerable efforts have been made to maintain the architectural integrity of this exceptional historical site. Today, visitors can explore the various restored spaces and experience the atmosphere of the time.

More than just a castle, it is a living testimony to the tumultuous history of the region. Explore its imposing walls, soak in the medieval atmosphere, and let yourself be transported to the past. A visit to the fortress of Salses is a journey through time that you won't forget. Get ready to be amazed by this historical icon in the heart of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

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Self-guided tour by stairs  

Full price: €8
Youth rate: free -26 years

Free parking spaces, unsupervised all year round, near the fortress and along the railway track

Dogs are not allowed.

Payment methods: cash, credit card, holiday vouchers, cultural vouchers.


Salses Fortress
BP 35
66600 Salses-le-Château
+33 (0)4 68 38 60 13

Reservation on the website:

Opening hours

From April 1st to September 30th
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
From October 1st to March 31st
10:00 AM - 12:45 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Please note:
Last ticket issued 45 minutes before the monument closes.
Last guided tour departure: 1 hour and 15 minutes before the site closes.
Closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, December 25th."